The Over 30 Crowd

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Saw this on another forum and it made me think - many of us can relate to this post...

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ... uphill BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of :dung: like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia!

And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet . If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ' d usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!

We didn't have fancy :dung: like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids'. Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever!

And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no on screen menu and no remote control! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your *** and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network eithe r! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire - imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot.

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy.
You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

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The Over 30 Crowd
 
I wonder how today's kids would respond to something like Jiffy Pop on the stove pop. I think stuff like microwave popcorn misses out on some stuff some part of the fun of Jiffy Pop was the experience of waiting for it to pop & expand.

<sigh> I'm old.
 
I wonder how today's kids would respond to something like Jiffy Pop on the stove pop. I think stuff like microwave popcorn misses out on some stuff some part of the fun of Jiffy Pop was the experience of waiting for it to pop & expand.

<sigh> I'm old.
No older then me! Watching that ball of aluminum expand to an ever increasing size was great. So was digging through all the burnt kernels because even though you knew it was time to take the thing off of the heat - you knew you could get a few more popped! I was usually wrong... :mad:
 
you knew you could get a few more popped! I was usually wrong... :mad:

You weren't the only one. :(

Though, we had an old fashion oil popper when I was a kid and then we upgraded to an air popper. I did make my parents buy some JiffyPop though cause I thought it was cool.
 
Yeah, I think I was in my teens before we had a microwave. My parents just weren't all about getting with the times. Heck, my father just got his first computer about two years ago. And my brother had to buy it for him. Not that my dad couldn't, he just wouldn't stick a crow bar in his wallet.

As far as the pop corn thing, if I remember right, we had a thing that looked a little like a vegetable steamer without the holes. There was a wire heating element in the lower part. That lower part was 3", maybe 4", tall. The "pot" that sat on top was about 6-8" deep with a tapered bottom. You poured a little oil in the pot and threw in your kernels. Plugged in the heating element (yes, the cord was fabric and not plastic) and waited for the oil to heat up and pop the corn.

I remember it being kind of a pain in the but since you had to clean the pot looking thing every time. Did I mention we didn't have a dishwasher? :)
 
i miss the ole jiffy pop and 1cent bubble gum from the barber shop
going to the drive in movies
 
hey i use jiffy pop when i go camping, the only thing is it burns your hand off, i normally use pliers to hold it.
A 1" or larger stick with a slot cut in the end works great also, don't have to hold the dang thing all the time...
 
from the looks of the way things are going Ill be sayin the same kinds of things when im an old geezer like yall lol
LOL - I must be getting old! I thought I had replied to this earlier burt I guess not... :)

Old? Old? Once my bones and knees stop hurting, and it gets warmer, and I'm not as tired I'll chase you down and kick your but - that is if you slow down enough for me to catch you... :) :D
 
LOL - I must be getting old! I thought I had replied to this earlier burt I guess not... :)

:laugh: let me know when you forget about this site and i will remind you
:poke:
 
Popcorn popper? Jiffy pop? Oh no... we just put some oil (or butter to give it that buttery taste) into a pot that you know had a lid, along with a half dozen kernels of popcorn that was bought in a jar. When those kernels popped, you knew your oil was hot enough to dump in some more kernels, and then you had to stand there and shake the pot until the popping slowed or the pot overflowed. That is how you make popcorn.

Roasting marshmellows in the fireplace using metal hangers, that was even trickier...

I was a teenager before we got our first microwave. We were so excited because we could bake potatoes in the spring without making the house too hot, because back then people did things like OPEN WINDOWS, and not just live on A/C.

There was only 1 tv in the house, and if mom or dad wanted to watch something, you were :dung:ty out of luck. You had to go to your room and play or watch the local news with them.

AND who remembers playing tag in the dark? It had a different name, but it was tag in the dark. And every kid in the neighborhood played. And ran their asses off...

Damn, I wanna be a kid again.
 
Damn, I wanna be a kid again.
I too have very fond memories of being a kid. I have young people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them how much fun I had growing up, playing in the swamp, riding along the trails, fishing all day - no cares in the world.

Mom used to feed us in the morning, kick us out for the day and we would come home at dark for supper. We never went hungry for lunch either. Walked to a friends house or even made a new friend who invited us in... Not a care in the world! :banana:
 

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